SUNRISE–The Florida Panthers closed a 3-2-1 homestand with a 3-2 victory over Arizona Thursday night at BB&T Center. Aleksander Barkov returned to action after missing six games and scored two goals including the game winner.
Barkov’s second goal came on a pass to the slot from behind the net by Jaromir Jagr. Barkov now has 18 goals, tied for third best on Florida with Vincent Trocheck. Jagr (20) and Reilly Smith (19) are Florida’s top goal producers through 60 games.
The assist was Jagr’s team-leading 44th point of the season and the 1846th point of his career as he moved another step closer to matching Gordie Howe’s third all-time best scoring total of 1850 point. With the point Jagr also became the oldest NHL player to score 44 points in a season.
Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored for Arizona. After falling behind 3-1 the Coyotes scored a third period goal and pressed for the equalizer but were unable to push the game into overtime. Video of goals of the game from nhl.com and a box score can be viewed here:
Jagr spoke to reporters after the game:
The Panthers have now played 60 of 82 regular season games and extended their lead to five points over Tampa Bay and Boston. During the recent 10 game segment the Panthers finished 5-3-2 for 12 of their season total of 77 points. Jagr played all 10 games and recorded 5 goals and 5 assists for 10 points which matched his season best segment recorded in the first 10 games.
In advance of this sites thoughts on Gordie Howe and Jaromir Jagr, the IIHF presented this article Thursday:
Updated standings and schedule for the Atlantic Division:
Florida starts a five-game road trip Saturday in Columbus. A day later they will be in Minnesota. As February turns to March the Panthers first three games will also be on the road with stops Mar. 1 in Winnipeg, March 3 in Colorado and March 5 in Arizona. The next Florida home game will be Monday March 7 against Boston. The 20th anniversary of the 1996 Stanley Cup finalist team will be held later that week when the Panthers host Ottawa March 10 and Philadelphia March 12 at BB&T Center. Tickets for those and the final four home games of the regular season can be secured through panthers.nhl.com.
JAGRometer.com is not a big fan of what ifs as the actual numbers Jagr has achieved are impressive enough. ESPN wondered out loud about the effect of work stoppages and the KHL had on Jagr’s career goal totals. It’s a moot discussion if Jagr had suffered a career-ending injury in the NHL had he not gone to play in Russia. http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/114859/what-if-could-jagr-have-matched-gretzky-in-goal-scoring
Assorted Jagr-related links:
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Some Jagr-related social media accounts:
@68Jagr This is the real site, the one and only official Jaromir Jagr twitter account. Postings are rare, but worth the wait. Jagr has been more active on Twitter this season.
The two best Jagr facebook pages are:
This is the page Jagr posts on, if he is going to post at all.
Another good facebook page is one produced by someone in the Czech Republic. It has more than 100,000 likes. This is not the official page, but it is very good.
@FlaPanthers and @FLAPanthersPR The official twitter accounts for news about the team.
@dougielarge Doug Cifu, few owners in sports relate to the fans as much as this man who interacts with fans and media on twitter.
@goldieonice — Steve Goldstein, TV play-by-play of the Panthers. Brings all those exciting highlights to life.
@DenisPotvinFox — NHL Hall of Famer Denis Potvin works along side Goldstein in the booth.
@HeyRedDeer color man Randy Moller who left the radio booth to help Goldstein and Potvin on TV.
@GeorgeRichards Panthers beat writer for the Miami Herald.
@HFialkov Panthers beat writer for the Sun Sentinel
@AntwanStaley Includes Panthers coverage in his all sports all the time reports
twitter for Cats On the Prowl, offering detailed reviews of Panthers games and more.
@SunshineSkate twitter for The Sunshine Skate, another blog with special emphasis on advanced stats and charts that will make you dizzy.
@Zdenek_Janda US-based Czech reporter who covers the NHL and reports on other news for the people of the Czech Republic.
@Jsmidcro Jan Smid was a US-based Czech reporter who collaborated on “Jagr”, an autobiography in the late 90’s detailing Jagr’s early life and career in the NHL.
@NHLHistoryGirl This hockey loving woman shares interesting informational tidbits about hockey and the NHL in general. How does she do it?
@MyRegularFace She’s another gem. Watches lots of games and gets up GIFs faster than nhl.com or anyone else out there.
@HockeyCzech National organization for hockey in the Czech Republic.
@68isgr8 is the twitter for The Traveling Jagrs. Clad in different Jagr jerseys and hair styles from 68’s career, they gained league-wide recognition when they caught Jagr’s attention during a pre-game skate of a Dallas Stars game in Canada during the 2012-2013 season. Since then, they convene at games in Western Canada and make a road trip or two every year, playing street hockey with locals, posing for hundreds of pictures, and having a good time with fans while honoring an all-time NHL legend.
Ray Haluska aka Kladno Jagr, curator of the Jagr-O-Meter
https://twitter.com/CruisingRay or email ROKINRAY@AOL.COM